THERE is a mixture of nerves and excitement as pre-primary students prepare for their first day at West Balcatta Primary School tomorrow.
The school will welcome 53 pre-primary students, along with 60 kindergarten children.
West Balcatta deputy principal Annalyn Navarrete said the school was excited to welcome the new students.
“We look forward to getting to know them and spending time with their families and watching them grow,” she said.
Alicia Daljac said her daughter Scarlett was “dying to go back” to school but it would be different adjusting to full-time attendance.
Fellow student Joshua Davis was also eager for his first day.
“I am excited to see my new teachers and play with all my friends,” he said.
Students will get to test out the school’s new water play area, the final addition to its nature play space.
Parent and landscape architect Walter Van Der Loo helped create the space, known as “The backyard”.
“We’ve created an area of 1000sq m of natural play elements,” he said.
“We’ve transformed a poorly grassed sloped area at the back of the school to a new inviting space.”
It features bridges, climbing structures, an escape tunnel and 1000 native plants.
The water play zone has streams and a water table that teachers can also use as an outdoor classroom.
Parents contributed more than 1000 hours to construct the area across seven working bees, as well as providing donations to assist with school funding and a $25,000 State Government grant.